Digital Storm Bolt II Small Form Factor PC Review

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Bolt II Performance Benchmarking

In this section, we’ll take a look at various synthetic benchmarks to see how well the Bolt II performs – Expectations are obviously nothing short of great. As a reminder of the hardware inside, we’re packing:

  • Intel Core i7 4790k @ 4.6GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
  • 500GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1

3DMark 2013

Digital Storm Bolt 2 3DMark Test

Starting with 3DMark, running Firestrike – the most strenuous of the 3DMark tests, we scored in at 9702, which is fantastic. The graphics portion of the test scored 10860, while the Physix test pegged 12904.


PCMark 8

Digital Storm Bolt 2 PCMark 8 - Smaller

In PCMark 8, we came home with a score of 5216. The other score that’s important to us is the casual gaming score, which pulled in a whopping 148.1fps. It’s no doubt that the GTX 780 Ti has some serious horsepower behind it!


SiSoftware Sandra 2013

Processor Cryptography:

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Sandra Cryptography

The 4790k’s cryptographic bandwidth came in at 6.88GB/s.


Processor Arithmetic:

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Sandra Processor Arithmetic

The processor arithmetic test pulled in an aggregate native performance of 137.56GOPS.


Processor Multi-Media:

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Sandra Processor Multi-Media

Sandra’s multimedia test came in with aggregate multi-media native performance of 306.26MPix/s.


Memory Bandwidth:

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Sandra Memory Bandwidth

Packed inside the Bolt II, we’ve got 16GB (2x 8GB) of Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866MHz memory, with 9-10-9-27 T2 timings. We found that we could get 23.86GB/s on the aggregate memory performance, which is spot on.


Cinebench R15

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Cinebench All

Cinebench gave us some really great numbers, as expected. The OpenGL test pulled in at nearly 160fps, while the CPU tests scored 933cb for the multi-core test and 184cb on the single core test.



Digital Storm Bolt 2 x264

x264 is the first video encoding benchmark that I wanted to run, strictly because you can easily reproduce the results across systems, and it definitely impressed me. Pass 1 averaged at 97.17fps while Pass 2 averaged at 20.2fps.



Digital Storm Bolt 2 Handbrake

To run my Handbrake test, I had a 1080p video file that was approximately 2GB in size (1.97GB to be exact) and re-encoded it with Handbrake. I came back with an encode time of 16 minutes and 2 seconds. It averaged 121.3fps as well, which I was quite happy with.

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